The Sealed Letter

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Sep 24, 2009 - Fiction - 416 pages
17 Reviews

Miss Emily "Fido" Faithfull is a "woman of business" and a spinster pioneer in the British women’s movement, independent of mind but naively trusting of heart. Distracted from her cause by the sudden return of a once-dear friend, the unhappily wed Helen Codrington, Fido is swept up in the intimate details of Helen’s failing marriage and obsessive affair with a young army officer. What begins as a loyal effort to help a friend explodes into an intriguing courtroom drama complete with accusations of adultery, counterclaims of rape, and a mysterious letter that could destroy more than one life.

Based on a scandalous divorce case that gripped England in 1864, The Sealed Letter is a riveting, provocative drama of friends, lovers, and divorce, Victorian-style.

 
 

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User Review  - jan.fleming - LibraryThing

Synopsis After a separation of many years, Emily 'Fido' Faithfull bumps into her old friend Helen Codrington on the streets of Victorian London. Much has changed: Helen is more and more unhappy in her ... Read full review

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User Review  - jayne_charles - LibraryThing

Telling the story of a Victorian divorce, this novel underlines just how far we have come in terms of women’s liberation since those times. Though slow at the start, it comes into its own as the court ... Read full review

Contents

II Feme Covert
55
III Reasonable Suspicion
89
IV Engagement
105
V Surveillance
123
VI Actus Reus
149
VII Desertion
163
VIII Mutatis Mutandis
197
IX Counterclaim
219
XII Evidence
285
XIII Sabotage
307
XIV Contempt
317
XV Charge
329
XVI Witness
337
XVII Verdict
363
XVIII Feme Sole
371
Authors Note
391

X Subpoena
233
XI Trial
247

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About the author (2009)

Born in Ireland, Emma Donoghue spent many years in England and now lives in Canada. She is the author of Slammerkin as well as two other novels, a collection of short stories, and a collection of fairy tales. Her novels have been translated into eight languages.

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